Cheeseburger Quiche, with Butternut Squash, and a wee rant on the new foodies

Is Hamburger Helper still around?

I loved that when I was newly on my own.

It was cheap and enough for 3 meals.

Cheeseburger Macaroni and a Tuna Cheese something or other were my favorites.

I also made a lot of soups and stews, totally from scratch, but when I was lazy Hamburger Helper (or Tuna Helper) were a quick hot meal.

I was thinking about the Cheeseburger Macaroni for some bizarre reason the other day….

That thought morphed into a quiche.

Then I remembered the last quiche I made last spring which had a potato crust rather than my usual rice crust.

One could almost call this a Cheeseburger and Fries Quiche…..

Cheeseburger Quiche, with Butternut Squash

Total time: 60 minutes


  • Crust:
  • 2 medium potatoes, 12oz (360gr) total, shredded (not peeled)
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/4 tsp celery salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Filling:
  • 2 cups shredded butternut squash
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8oz (240gr) ground beef
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 3oz (90gr) cheese, Colby or Cheddar, sliced
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (4oz, 120gr) Greek yogurt

Cheeseburger Quiche


  • Mix shredded potato, salt and egg.
  • Pat into a lightly oiled quiche or 10″ (25cm) pie plate, working it up the sides a bit for the edges.
  • Bake in 400F (200C) oven for 10 minutes.
  • Spread the butternut squash over the potatoes and pat down. Bake for 5 minutes.
  • Sauté onions and garlic in oil over medium high heat until tender
  • Add beef and sauté, breaking it up as is browns
  • .Add chili powder, oregano, ketchup, Worcestershire and heat through.
  • Whisk eggs, mustard, yogurt and milk together.
  • To assemble:  Remove crust from oven.
  • Spread the beef mixture evenly over the crust.
  • Top with cheese.
  • Pour egg mixture over all and bake, 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before cutting.

Note:  I usually put the quiche dish on a baking sheet to make it easier to handle – it gets kind of full.

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This is what the crust looks like from the back, so to speak. I thought it was rather pretty.

Potato Crusted Quiche

My inner snark is emerging.

Maybe I’ve been blogging too long… But things just aren’t the same as they used to be (to use a much over-used phrase).

First there was the cupcake craze. I mean, cupcakes are cute and all that, but what’s the big deal? I started making cupcakes when  was 10. It’s not quite in the same category as making a wedding cake (which my mother did). I always thought they were something for children to do.

Then there was the ‘put everything in the world in a canning jar’ phase. I want to drink my wine out of a wine glass, eat my salad off of a plate and my soup out of a bowl. I have lots of pretty dishes, and there are so many more in the shops…. Why would I want to use a canning jar?

My latest irritant is on Pinterest.

I’ve been on Pinterest since the beginning. There are, or were, lots of lovely pictures of food and places and nature and jewelry and on and on.

In the beginning the photos were typical in size and shape: wider than they were tall..

Then they started being square. That was fine.

Eventually they started getting taller than they were wide…. And taller, and taller, and taller…..

Lately they have (in my opinion) started to get absurd.

The most recent iteration is stacking 7 or 8 or 9 or 10 ‘normal’ size photos in a long vertical line. The top photo is of the ingredients – can of tomato sauce, raw chicken, etc.

Why do I need to see that?

That is followed by a photo of the empty skillet, then the skillet with a dab of oil, then we see the chopped onion on the cutting board, then the onion in the skillet, then the onion cooking in the skillet and then…..

You get the (ahem) picture.

Why would anyone think it’s necessary to post a photo of an empty skillet?

If they are targeting people who don’t know what a skillet is perhaps they should rethink it all. I mean, shouldn’t the cook top be the first photo? With several close-ups of the knob being turned?

Regardless of my opinion of the style, it’s not what I want to see on Pinterest. I want to see the finished product. If I need more detail, I’ll click on it and go to your blog.

And, for what it’s worth to those who care….. I don’t repin the long, stacked collections. I don’t want them cluttering up my feed and I really don’t want them cluttering up my boards.

But when I see a nice photo of something tempting it gets repinned pronto.

If anyone cares.

I use to love Pinterest….. I hope to again.

6 thoughts on “Cheeseburger Quiche, with Butternut Squash, and a wee rant on the new foodies”

  1. I like the pics of your food – it looks like the same as that which we enjoy eating and also, you start with basic ingredients. You have given me so many ideas and the odd recipe I’ve followed to the letter, is delicious. Fortunately my husband is always willing to try something new. Much of what I see on Pinterest either uses ready made sauces/mixes which don’t mean a thing to me or else is so rich and calorie laden that you can only have it very rarely.

  2. Everybody has jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon so I guess it was inevitable that some would go to any lengths (so to speak) to make themselves noticed. Your cheeseburger pie looks delicious!

  3. I was on Pinterest for about five minutes before I realized that it would be a really addictive time waster for me, so I stopped. I don’t miss it, nor do I miss Twitter. It would probably be good for sending traffic to my blog, but not worth it to me. I hope they change the format so you can enjoy it again.

  4. Kate. we ate the whole thing…

    Gill, glad you like it! Sometimes I think the recipes posted on Pinterest are only about the photos and not about the actual food. We eat it LOL

    Penny, exactly…. BTW, I’m making your acorn squash tonight.

    Zoomie, it can be a time waster, but I have dogs to keep me in line…. and bug me LOL

    Betty, and Tuna Helper LOL. Yeah, a lot to catch up on and keep track of.

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